Celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2019

A letter from the Superintendent of Catholic Education

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Catholic Schools Week Schedule of Events

Jan. 25: Proclamation Signing

The Proclamation Signing with Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero and/or Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio

Governor’s Office, Adelup

4-5 p.m.

School administrators and student representatives/leaders to attend.

Jan. 26: Family Picnic: “One Body of Christ, One Family”

Governor Flores Beach Park, Amphitheatre: Ypao Beach Park, Tamuning

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

All invited. Catholic school performances, recognition of service awards, fellowship and more! For safety reasons, swimming is not recommended unless strictly supervised by parents/guardians. All children attending must be accompanied.

Jan. 27: Liturgy with Archbishop Byrnes

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica, Hagåtña

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Students from Catholic schools are invited to wear their school uniform at the Archbishop’s mass or during their parish Mass.

Jan. 28-31: National Catholic Schools Week

Schools will hold various events to highlight student achievements, faculty & staff recognition service awards, open houses, community outreach, etc. Please contact your respective school for more information on the week celebration.

Feb. 1: Annual Catholic Educators Conference

VERITAS Hall, Dominican Catholic School, Yigo

8 a.m.-1 p.m.

With over 500 faculty & staff, we will hold our annual conference. The schedule will include keynote speakers, 25 years of service for faculty & staff, 60 years of Service-Lifetime achievement recognition and Mass. No classes for students.

Dear Catholic School Family:

Catholic Schools Week is our time to step back and celebrate with gratitude the gift of Catholic education. From east to west, and everywhere in between, there are students, parents, clergy, faculty, and staff who share a commitment to the legacy of faith and excellence that is a Catholic school.

During the week of Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, we will celebrate our annual Catholic Schools Week. This year, our theme is: “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The theme encompasses the core values that can be found in Catholic schools across the island and nation. Not only are we teaching students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples, and enriched citizens in our communities, we, as educators, are growing with them. Catholic schools are vibrant, dynamic, and rooted in academic excellence. As your superintendent, I am blessed to continue to witness this theme being lived out within the Archdiocese of Agaña.

The celebration begins with a Proclamation Signing, followed by a Family Picnic: “One Body of Christ, One Family,” Masses, open houses, recognition of service, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and community members. I’ve attached these highlighted events. Through these events, schools focus on the value of Catholic education and the commitment to the holistic development of the whole person into moral citizens that cultivate community service, act with justice, and a life of faith.

Catholic Schools Week is a time to embrace and celebrate the richness of the Catholic faith and heritage of Catholic schools. From your prayers, generous contributions, and continued support, Catholic education is made possible. On behalf of the children we serve in our 14 Catholic schools, thank you for creating a future for children that is rooted in faith and love.

Sincerely,

/s/ Richard Z. Alvia, M.Ed.

Superintendent of Catholic Education